Spice up your Spaghetti!

Ok…so it’s kind of silly to make a post about spaghetti. I mean spaghetti is pretty basic, its the meal you cook because you don’t want to think about it and you want something cheap that doesn’t make you feel bad about yourself, lol. Well, I am not going to take that away from you. There are subtle add-ins and changes you can make to doctor up your spaghetti. Making it more awesome and flavorful while still being a cheap, filling option for your family!! Also HEALTHY, the changes that I make in this spaghetti recipe makes it even better for you!!!! Pair it with an easy side salad made up of a spring mix and some cherry tomatoes. Add some bread if you like!

INGREDIENTS:     MAKES: 5-6 servings

1 pkg. Whole Wheat spaghetti

1 16oz jar of Spaghetti sauce (your choice)

1 Shallot, minced

1 lb Ground Turkey

lightly dried Parsley ( you can find in your produce section)

lightly dried Basil  (you can find in your produce section)

Red pepper flakes, minced onion flakes, Italian seasoning, chili powder, garlic powder

Salt and Pepper to taste

 

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Cook spaghetti according to package directions
  2. Saute the shallot and then add the ground turkey to brown. If you get 98% lean turkey there wont be any grease to drain. Add some parsley, basil, salt and pepper to meat.s1
  3. Drain pasta and add sauce to the pot. Simmer sauce and add the remaining seasonings to taste. Add the meat and spaghetti to the pot and combine. s2

 

That’s it!! Switch the pasta to whole wheat and the meat to ground turkey to make your basic spaghetti healthier. Add some sauteed onion or shallots to your meat for extra flavor. Doctor up your store bought sauce with extra seasonings that you probably already have on hand. It’s still basic, yes, but its tastier 🙂

 

Enjoy ❤

Whole Wheat Bruschetta

Oh my word, you guys!!! This bruschetta recipe is da bomb, if I do say so myself 🙂 Granted I love tomatoes, garlic,olive oil, bread and my passion for basil runs deeper than words can express. There is nothing more fragrant than the sweet smell of basil. I seriously love it so much!! This recipe creates a perfect tomato to garlic to basil ratio. Also this is a great healthy appetizer! I enjoy eating this with some Kalamata olives and cubed cheese. Makes a great Italian spread. Pair this with a medium dry Riesling for a perfect night in. So turn on some acoustic music, pour yourself a glass of that aforementioned wine and get started on this bruschetta!

 

INGREDIENTS:

1 loaf of whole wheat Italian bread (I purchased mine already sliced)

approx. 20 cherry tomatoes, chopped

1 bunch of basil leaves, minced (approx. 1/2 cup)

1 cloved of garlic, minced (I did a tsp of minced garlic from a jar)

Olive oil

Butter (Optional)

salt

 

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Slice 6 slices of your whole wheat Italian bread and place on a cookie sheet or in a toaster. Preheat oven to 450 (unless using toaster method). Toast bread on both sides.
  2. In a bowl mix together your chopped tomatoes, minced garlic and minced basil. Drizzle just enough olive oil to coat the tomatoe mixture. Add salt to taste.
  3. Once bread is toasted, spread with a bit of butter OR olive oil and spoon tomato mixture over the bruschetta slice. (TIP: to ensure your bread doesn’t get soggy, you may want to spoon the tomato mixture one slice at a time instead of all at once.) b2

That’s it! It is so wonderful and fresh. Perfect for a summer night. Serve with olives and cheese on toothpicks, if so desired. You could also do rotisserie chicken suated with some sun-dried tomatoes and add it to your Italian spread.

Enjoy ❤